Regardless of her previous experience in the colors of Liverpool Ladies football team, Asisat Oshoala has proved that she’s a true ambassador of Nigerian and African football after winning the FA Cup with the Arsenal Ladies on Saturday.
Popularly known as the “Superzee” by her teammates in Nigeria, Oshoala’s rise to stardom is inexplicable coupled with the fact that, she’s maintained a near perfect love for the round leather game.
Despite managing just one goal since joining the Gunners from Liverpool Ladies early this year, Oshoala’s dribbling skills, swift deft touch and eyes for goals has always been her trademark since coming to the land of the queen.
Gracing her first Wembley final with the Arsenal Ladies, the Nigerian international played a major role as they piped the Chelsea Ladies 1-0 to win the Women’s FA Cup for the fourteenth time.
Oshoala threaded a pass through to Carter who took on three Chelsea defenders before curling the ball from 20 yards into the net to give Arsenal the lead.
Just like in the case of her Nigerian male counterparts in England this Ikorodu born talented star continues to write history as she became the first Nigerian female player to have won the cup.
With all due respect to British born-Nigerian Eniola Aluko who plays for Chelsea Ladies and has won the FA Cup with the club, her failure not to have donned the green and white colors of the senior national team does not put her in the same category with Oshoala.
Oshoala was named best player, and with seven goals, was also the top goal scorer at the 2014 FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup. She was also named best player and second top goalscorer with the Super Falcons team who won the 2014 African Women’s Championship. She also won the BBC Women’s Footballer of the Year 2015.
The 2014 African Women’s Footballer of the Year spent the 2015 season with Liverpool, where she became the first player from Africa to feature in the Women’s Super League. The 21-year-old striker scored three goals in 12 league appearances for the Reds, a club she signed for on January 23.
Oshoala’s success can be attributed to elements of hard work and perseverance that have made her what she is today.